[Video] A Day with a Young Salesian

Are you curious what is a typical day for young Salesians? This is for you!

Kudos to our young Salesians in the Postnovitiate community for preparing this video.


Brothers’ Embrace [Video]

Every Salesian who prays the formula of profession punctuates it this way:

“Father, may our grace, the intercession of Mary Help of Christians,
of St. Joseph, of St. Francis de Sales, and of St. John Bosco,
together with the assistance of my brother Salesians
keep me faithful day by day

Perhaps, the welcome embrace given by our brother Salesians concretely manifest this assistance in order to make us live our lives in keeping with the Salesian vows we professed … day by day,

Until we reach #Forever.

Fr Pepe marks 50th year as a Salesian Priest!

Fr. Jose Pepe Reinoso, SDB celebrated his 50th year as a priest last December 17, in the midst of confreres, friends and young people.

Fr. Paul Bicomong, SDB, Provincial Superior of the FIN Province, presided the Mass while Fr. Alex Garces, SDB, rector of Don Bosco Technical Institute and Fr. Alton Fernandez, SDB, spiritual moderator and confessor of our students of theology at the Seminaryo ng Don Bosco led some priest-confreres who came to concelebrate.

In his homily, Fr. Alton Fernandez, SDB highlighted the service Fr. Pepe rendered especially to the young confreres not just in the FIN province but also in the nearby provinces in the EAO region that have been sending their young confreres to the Seminaryo for their theological formation.

He also pointed out that Fr. Pepe has helped fortified the Salesian identity of the young confreres under his care.  Fr. Pepe has been the rector of the Seminaryo for a long time until two years ago when he suffered a massive heart attack.

Fr. Jun Lingad, SDB, a good longtime friend of Fr. Pepe gave a moving testimony testimony how on two occasions Fr. Pepe’s prayers brought about instantaneous healing. Fr. Jun himself experienced the healing of his diplopia [double vision] just after he asked Fr. Pepe to pray about this.

On another occasion, Sr. Cecilia, a Canossian, who did not personally know Fr. Pepe, was accompanying a co-sister visiting father. At a certain moment Sr. Cecilia just held Fr. Pepe’s arm and asked him to pray for relief from severe stomach pains that she feared could prevent her to travel to their General Chapter in Rome. She vouches that Fr. Pepe’s prayer was powerfully and instantly answered!

Toward the end of the Mass, the clerics of the Seminaryo presented a video presentation to recall Fr. Pepe’s journey as a Salesian priest. Br. Jerome Quinto, SDB did a wonderful job of rendering a video montage of this.

They also sang “Alma Misionera” and “For Good” for their dear Fr. Pepe.

This year, in the occasion of Don Bosco’s 200th birth anniversary, Fr. Pepe also marks his 60th year as a Salesian of Don Bosco

[Video] Impossible Dream

In our last class in our Pastoral Communication class this year, our teacher Fr. Franz-Jozef Eilers, SVD requested (or was it through our insistence?) that those who performed last night in the school concert do a repeat performance in the class.

He reasoned out that he wanted to catch the show, but the standstill traffic jam made it impossible for him to reach the venue on time.

Our classmates obliged–willingly.

What’s surprising is those who did not perform did something else that everything became a production number of the class. If you’ll persevere till 00:51, you’ll be completely fascinated by the youthfulness of this teacher, who is already 83 years old!

[video] A Quick Peek inside the Seminary

Today’s our Provincial Day, and we in the Missions Group of the Seminaryo ng Don Bosco thought of coming up with a video presentation which will give people a glimpse of what our “life inside the walls” looks like. 

Br. Jerome Quinto, SDB gathered fragmented images of our community activities over the past years and transformed them into just one beautiful reflection of what our community motto stands for: My Life for my Sheep (Jn 10:15) .

[Video] Deacons?

What is the essence of being a ‘deacon’?

Adrian Manansala, one of our aspirants in Canlubang sought to answer this through a short, snappy and super cool (note the alliteration?) video presentation. Apparently, the output is for one of his theology subjects. Using the video as a medium, he sought to reflect on what the diaconate order means. He made use of the letters d-e-a-c-o-n-s as a mnemonic device.

Just one thing, though—a disclosure is in order. He contacted me to answer some questions relevant to this. Hence, do expect that you’ll see me somewhere in the presentation. To be forearm is to be forewarned.

But despite my being there, the video is superb. You need to watch it. Surely, I’ll feature Asp. Adrian’s outputs in the future.

Without further ado, here’s the video: